Georgios Afxentiou Research Laboratory Ltd prepares applications, technical and economic studies, evaluates applications and offers consulting to businesses for the following European funding programs:
A. The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
1. COST PROGRAM (CA18236): Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change (SHIINE)
Member, July 2019 – July 2023
The aim of this Action is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse.
2. COST PROGRAM (CA16206): Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars (EMPOWER-SE)
Member, November 2017 – November 2021
The project attempts to address existing fragmentation in the levels of knowledge regarding social enterprises (SEs), from both a geographical and a disciplinary point of view, as well as from the perspective of different categories of stakeholders.
3. COST PROGRAM (CA15137): The Evaluation of the Impact of Research in Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Society (ENRESSH)
Member, April 2016 – April 2020
The challenge of the Action is to enable the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to better demonstrate their true place in academia and society. At the origin of European universities, they continue to attract large numbers of students, produce world class research and contribute significantly to the financial viability of the European university system. Nevertheless, they struggle to adapt to evaluation systems that do not fully reflect the aspirations and research patterns of SSH disciplines and that tend to emphasize impact in terms of immediate economic returns.
4. COST Expert
November 2013 - Present
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST''s mission is to enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.
B. Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
5. Business Innovation Coach (EASME)
December 2015 – December 2020
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programs. CoachCom2020 is a coordination and support action (H2020-635518; 09/2014-08/2016) which has been selected by the European Commission to develop a framework for the business innovation coaching offered to the beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument.
6. EUREKA Secretariat - Eurostars Technical Expert
March 2013 - Present
The Eurostars Program is managed by EUREKA and it is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. Eurostars stimulates SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects. The Eurostars mission is to support R&D performing entrepreneurs by funding their research activities, enabling them to compete internationally and become leaders in their sector.
D. De Minimis
7. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
October 2015 – November 2019
Georgios Afxentiou Research Laboratory Ltd and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have an agreement to provide management consulting services to SMEs in Cyprus.
The EBRD Small Business Support (SBS) program provides business advice to help small and medium-sized businesses grow, succeed, then grow again, becoming genuine catalysts for their local economies and region. A vibrant small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is a vital ingredient for a healthy market economy. However, finance alone often cannot meet the challenges facing small and medium-sized businesses. They also need access to know-how to improve their performance and grow
8. Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes
October 2015 – Present
The Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes was established by the decision 64.892 of the Council of Ministers dated 17 January 2007 and was registered with the Registrar of Societies and Institutions on the 30th of March 2007, with registration number 263.